Maurizio – Omnologos

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Ethics and Coal

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Is this sad or cool? I just had my seventh published letter on the pages of the International Herald Tribune (June 28, 2006)

“Coal’s False Promise”

Jeff Goodell indulges in circular reasoning when he writes that the biggest problem with coal is “what it does to our minds. It preserves the illusion that we don’t have to change our lives” (“Coal’s false promise to America,” Views, June 24).

If coal is abundant and available, as Goodell reports, surely there are fewer reasons to worry about the end of cheap oil? And if coal causes environmental problems because of antiquated extraction and burning practices, isn’t the problem one of improving those technologies and processes, rather than abandoning coal altogether? 

One is left with the impression that the campaign against coal is just another moralizing enterprise, taking advantage of purported shortages to corral us into living a “more ethical” life.

Maurizio Morabito Orpington, England

I will blog about the other six letters published so far (and all the ones never printed), but for now a list is available by searching for “maurizio morabito” at this link

Written by omnologos

2006/Jul/01 at 23:05:51

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  1. this coal burning is rediculous.
    children and peole are dying, our environment is dying, our earth is dying. we ae
    basically letting ourselves die by not doing
    anything to stop the emissions.
    i spit on the chinese governemnt..

    Mia Taong

    2007/Aug/19 at 01:20:53


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